Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act Transitional Local and Regional Plans Available for Public Comment

Local Plan
Philadelphia Works is pleased to make available for public comment our Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) transitional local plan for Program Year 2016, which will serve as the foundation for our ongoing WIOA implementation. This plan presents our mission, vision, goals and strategies necessary to support the work of our regional partners and the state. This plan also outlines many of the programs and initiatives we intend to employ as we, under the leadership of the Philadelphia Works board, provide oversight of Philadelphia’s public workforce system through the services in the PA CareerLink® Philadelphia centers.  

Comment in-person at a public forum:

Monday May 23, 2016, 11:00am-12:30pm
Peirce College Rooms 51&52
1420 Pine St., Philadelphia, PA 19102

RSVP to by 2:00pm Friday May 20, 2016.  Comments limited to 5 minutes per person.

Written public comment will be accepted until 11:59pm on Monday, May 23. To submit public comment, please follow the instructions below.

  • Any public comments can be e-mailed to

  • If including attachments, submit attachments in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Word.

  • To the extent possible, please include local plan page numbers and/or section references when submitting your comments so that we know what section(s) your comments are addressing.

  • Please include your name and the organization on behalf of which you are submitting these comments, if any.

  • For any technical questions/issues, please contact

Download the local plan here: Philadelphia Works Local Transitional Plan 

Other WIOA Plan Resources:  Pennsylvania WIOA Combined State Plan 2016-20 

Regional Plan 
In addition to the transitional local plan, Philadelphia Works and its regional partners have now made available for public comment the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) transitional regional plan for Program Year 2016. While the local plan outlines our workforce strategies for Philadelphia, the regional plan covers the initiatives we will apply as a Southeast Pennsylvania region, in collaboration with our regional partners Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties. The regional plan can be found on the Bucks County Workforce Development Board website

Comments will be accepted via the US Postal Service, hand delivery to Mike Lawrence c/o Bucks County Workforce Development Board, 1268 Veterans Highway, Bristol, PA 19007 or by email to Mike Lawrence at by 4:00 p.m. on May 31, 2016. A postmark by May 31, 2016 is not sufficient; it must be in the office by 4:00 p.m. on May 31, 2016. 

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Local Plan
July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2017: Approved

The Philadelphia Workforce Investment Area’s Title I Operational Plan outlines who will oversee the public workforce system, how funds will be spent, and how it will operate to serve adults, laid off workers and young people in Philadelphia. 

Philadelphia WIA APPROVED Plan  (PDF 185 pages)
Philadelphia WIA Plan Letter of Acceptance (PDF 1 page)

Philadelphia Works Strategic Plan 2013-2018: Partnering for a Competitive Workforce 

Learn about the five priorities resulting from the year-long strategic planning process:

  1. Bring Philadelphia’s workforce and economic development systems and investments into closer alignment
  2. Serving smaller employers
  3. Implement “No Wrong Door”
  4. Adopt common employer-driven standards for education and training 
  5. Prioritize hardest-to-serve populations

Strategic Plan - Executive Summary (PDF 4 pages)

Strategic Plan - Full Plan with Workplans and Timelines (PDF 71 pages)